Communications Committee

This Committee is composed of eight or more regular members of the Society, plus a trainee member. The Society's Communications Director, Director of Government Relations and Science Policy, and Director of Publications are ex-officio members of the Communications Committee, without vote. Council and the Trainee Advisory Committee will each designate one of its members to serve as a liaison to the Committee. 

Communications Committee Responsibilities

The APS Communications Office efforts are planned and implemented to improve understanding of and interest in physiology and promote research and accomplishments of APS members to readers of APS journals, the general public, and the media.  The Communications Committee acts in an advisory role to the Communications Office.  The time commitment for Communications Committee members is 1-2 teleconference meetings during the year, a 1½ day face-to-face meeting in Bethesda (generally in December), a short meeting at Experimental Biology, and a willingness to learn about and help write blog posts and other resources for the lay public (including for the website).  A major responsibility for the committee members is to score applicants for the AAAS mass media fellowship program with a short turn-around time in January/February.  Generally each member has to review and score about a half-dozen applications with a helpful rubric.  The Committee also plans an annual symposium on the Saturday of the Experimental Biology meeting to assist other scientists in communicating with non-scientists.  Committee members who can take part in all of these activities are desired.  To remain in good standing every year a committee member must attend at least one face-to-face meeting (either the annual committee meeting at Experimental Biology or in Bethesda), and actively participate in at least one committee assignment. 

Communications Committee Duties:

  • Provide direction, set priorities, and devise strategies for the promotion of the physiological sciences, the Society, and the Society's interests and activities.
  • Make recommendations on new opportunities, technologies and social media platforms to enhance internal and external communications.
  • Work with the Communications Office and other APS staff to develop methods for timely identification of APS journal articles, elements of APS meetings and conferences, APS awards, and other Society activities that are appropriate for promotion to the public.
  • Advise on the integrity of the scientific content embedded in communications efforts as needed.
  • Evaluate applications for the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship. Coordinate APS liaisons to AAAS Annual Meeting.
  • Organize, when appropriate, a symposium at the annual Experimental Biology meeting on communications strategies or mechanisms that would be of interest to members of APS and other FASEB societies.
  • Review the APS communications program annually and provide appropriate recommendations to Council.